Huskies offer Habben

As a leader on one of Washington state's powerhouse high school football teams, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) OL Cody Habben is a well-known commodity in recruiting circles. He and his Spartan teammates are 6-0 and ranked second in the state after beating Woodinville at home 33-7. was able to catch up with the big man from the eastside and he updated us on his season and a recent scholarship offer he received from the hometown school.

"I'm really happy with (the season) right now. We're 6 – 0 right now, so how could I not be," Habben said, noting his team still has things to work on. "I can't complain, but we need to pick it up on the offensive line. It would be nice if we could run more. We pass all the time."

Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham was in attendance, watching his son who plays on the Skyline team. Following the game, Willingham presented Spartan head coach Steve Gervais with something for Habben.

"After the game, my head coach pulled me into his office and he gave me the offer from Washington," an excited Habben said. "I was really pumped to get it. I'm very excited they decided to offer me. They've been recruiting since the beginning of the year so they've been around for a while.

"Coach (Mike) Denbrock has been recruiting from U-Dub. I've talked to him a couple times and he seems pretty cool. He knows what he's doing so I know he's a good coach."

Washington's offer is the ninth for Habben, whose other offers are from Washington State, Utah, Oregon State, Arizona State, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana and Iowa State.

"I'm heading over to WSU next weekend," Habben said of his upcoming official visit to the Palouse. "That's my only official visit right now. I might visit Oregon State during my season, but I'm not sure. Right now, I'm just concentrating on my season. I really want to win state.

"I will probably take all of my visits and Washington will probably get one of those. They'll be fighting for one, I know that. I probably won't make a decision until January, so I'm not really in a hurry to decide on where I want to visit right now. Washington is right up there though."

Habben likes the Huskies for several reasons, not the least of which is the coaching staff.

"It's close to home so that is a big plus," Habben said. "Football is a year-round thing and it would be nice to be able to see my family while I'm playing and working out.

"I've also heard a lot of good things about the coaching staff for Washington. I've heard how good they are over there and how things are changing over there."

Earlier in the day, Habben had an early wake up call to take the SAT and he said that was just the start of his busy weekend. "I didn't get home until after midnight last night and then I had to wake up at like 6:30 to be there by 7," Habben said. "I'm pretty tired right now and I have homecoming tonight so I probably won't be up until the crack of noon tomorrow."

Next week Habben and his Skyline team head to Seattle to face Ballard at Memorial Stadium.

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